FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN


Over the weekend Eric and I took ourselves on a little adventure down to Coral Gables to see the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. In all honesty, I never thought to live in Florida, but after visiting Coral Gables I might just have to change my mind. So many beautiful homes, back roads, beautiful arched trees over the streets, the architecture. I can't wait to go back next weekend and explore some more (specifically the Venetian Pool)!


^^ They have an area in the gardens designated to where people can come and write down their wishes. There were hundreds of them from all over the world, and being able to read some of the beautiful wishes that people left behind was just magical. For health, for families to be reunited, to find love. ^^


^^ I mainly dragged Eric here so we could check out the exotic Butterfly exhibit. Unfortunately, I never realized that I apparently have some sort of fear against them until once we got there. I mean, those things are fast! One particularly beautiful butterfly landed right on my stomach. I was excited at first because I always heard a butterfly resting on you was good luck, but that poor thing had no idea what was coming. I jumped and screamed while all the people around me looked at me like I was some sort of weirdo afraid of a butterfly. Oh well, it was cool while it lasted. ^^


^^ While walking along the grounds we stumbled across this (hideous) little guy. Apparently they are called Florida Softshell Turtles. And this one looked like it wanted to eat me alive! ^^


^^ Eric was really excited to be here... Oh well, I had fun! Until next time, Coral Gables! ^^

54 comments:

  1. Haha, Eric looks thrilled ;)

    I hear you on the butterfly thing, beautiful from afar, but if a giant one tried to land on me I'd be out of there x

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    1. Yes! The little ones are okay, but the one that landed on me seriously had a wingspan the size of my hand. I couldn't handle it, ha ;)

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  2. haha that turtle just looked like it wanted a hug! such a cutie. Adore that garden full of wishes, sounds like the kind of place you could wander about all day and learn so much about humanity.

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  3. Haha I'm terrified of butterflies too!!! My son will look at them with fascination while I'm usually running or screaming for help. Haha.

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  4. looks like a lovely day! that turtle is quite a strange looking creature :)

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
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  5. What a cool experience even if Eric wasn't excited. haha

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  6. oh how neat! I feel like gardens like these are where I belong! <3 And that turtle! LOL So cute!
    Xo, Emma

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  7. love those wish tags. so cute about the butterfly incident :) i think i was that way about chickens. i thought they were all cute until i saw them in person. they kinda freaked me out with their sudden head movements. eep!

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  8. What a beautiful place! I love the wishing tree. xo Heidi

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  9. Love the idea of writing down (and reading other peoples') wishes.

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  11. Looks beautiful.

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  12. OMG that turtle!! I love everything about this post haha. I probably would have been freaked out by the butterfly too. :)

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  13. great photos! that beautiful looks like a serpent! ...flying thing are scary! hehe

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  14. super wonderful post! looks/sounds like an amazing time!
    xx

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  15. Looks like a gorgeous place to visit!! I wish it were green in NYC year-round...but I do love our botanical gardens in the spring/summer :)

    Blonde in this City

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  16. I'm a sucker for any type of wishing tree thing! Always makes my heart so full!

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  17. the garden looks gorgeous. i've only been to florida for two days to run a 1/2 marathon. seeing your pictures make me want to go again to explore all the rad places you post about!

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  18. I think I need to vacation in Florida...

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  19. Gosh I have to admit, butterflies in person are a totally different experience so I agree with you! They look so stunning in photos, in videos, from afar....but up close and personal is oddly different. I have no idea why. haha.

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    nancy

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  20. What a fun trip! You guys are getting used to Florida :) What's gonna happen when you go back to Seattle and it's snowing and freezing?! That turtle looks like it has a human-ish face!

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  22. Mr. Turtle remind me of an old school "troll." I may see that face tonight when I try to sleep. Thanks a lot!

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  23. Beautiful post.
    Thanks for your comment.

    Have a nice week!
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  24. I always love it when they have areas where you can write down your wishes. When I went to turkey they had holy areas that you could tuck them into walls.

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  25. Wow your tripped looks wonderful. I lived in both Florida and Seattle and I prefer Seattle. Though Florida is fun to visit or least the sunny warm parts.

    Ali of Dressing Ken

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  26. Oh this place looks so pretty! I would love to go to a tropical botanical garden with my son! Have a good week and thanks so much for your comment today! ;)
    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

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  27. So beautiful!
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    xoxo

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  28. What a beautiful idea, to write wishes.

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  29. Hahaha I don't think I've ever met someone scared of a butterfly! Then again it's been a VERY long time since I've visited an enclosure so who knows I might have the same reaction as you did!

    SDMxx
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  30. Such beautiful photos! This looks like an amazing place. I love the photo of the wish tags! So cool.... That photo of the butterfly... for so long I thought it was a snake, and was just staring at it wondering, "wait, it's somehow camouflage, but seriously, where's the rest of it's body?? Lol! Than realized it was a butterfly after a couple minutes. Cool but freaky!

    I like your blog :) Glad to have found it!

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  31. this is such an amazing place...
    xx
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  32. Beautiful! Every time I visit a new country, I always researched whether it has a botanic garden and if so, I'd visit! I love nature. It is awesome that you saw turtles and haha the one you photographed indeed look scary!

    The Young Bridget Jones

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  33. so pretty! :)
    xoxo
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  34. Those botanical gardens look so beautiful! Makes you appreciate nature so much more! The butterflies are neat but yes they can be quite scary in packs! LOL! You looked fantastic!

    Rebecca
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  35. looks like fun! love your hair

    xxoo,
    nikki

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  36. nice blog!
    and you're so pretty
    regards!
    bea
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  37. I went to a butterfly garden once too, and ya know, butterflies are pretty and dainty from afar, but when you REALLY look at one up close, those things are creepy-looking!!

    They are still "bugs" after all, haha.

    Hannah from FrenchCalifornian

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  38. Oh how pretty! Love the wish tickets:) so sweet- you look darling as ever friend!

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  39. Whoa the place looks so amazing, I would love to take a break from school and uni to go to a place like that & just relax! :)

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  40. im loving all the greens!!! so refreshing and beautiful!!! :D

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  41. I love that wish idea!

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  42. It looks so nice, I'd love to visit! Our zoo has a butterfly exhibit, and there are great amounts of them in there, and they freely fly around and I am so scared when we go in there, when I don't think I should be, lol. xoxo <3
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  43. oh my goodness. even though that little turtle IS a bit hideous- what a great shot! this looks like a day well spent. and ps, i love your photographs!

    mylettchronicals

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  44. OMG this post Is SO CUTE:) and of course I follow

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  45. This looks like such a beautiful place!! I really love your photo of the turtle -- I think he's just saying hello :D

    xo,
    gabby

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  46. beautiful pictures! i love that one of the butterfly with the 'eye' on its wing.

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  47. um, i'm afraid of butterflies. as in, i dislike them very strongly. for as long as i can remember! your recent FL photos are sooo beautiful though. the sunsets! kite flying! i'd love a little sunshine right about now. winter is starting to seep into my bones. xx

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